Thursday, February 22, 2007

Kansas House passes anti-bullying bill

By Diane Silver

The Kansas House voted 109-13 today to approve an anti-bullying proposal and send it on to the Senate.

The proposal requires school boards to adopt policies prohibiting bullying and requires each district to adopt a strategic plan to stop bullying.

I can't say right now how much HB 2310 will help with the problem of bullying in schools, but it can't hurt. I'm worried about all students who might be bullied, but of particular concern are the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students who are often the targets of attacks. The bill has been supported by a variety of school and children's organizations like the Kansas Children’s Service League and Kansas Families United for Public Education. The Kansas Equality Coalition has also worked for the proposal.

Here is a copy of the bill and a link to the supplemental note, which provides the plain-language, Cliff's Notes version of the legislation.

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